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  • Smoke 'em... if you can afford 'em

    April 15 is typically feared by many as tax day, but for Kentuckians who smoke cigarettes and use tobacco products, April 1 might be an even scarier day. That’s when House Bill 144 goes into effect, and a new cigarette tax of 30 cents per pack will hit smokers and retailers across the Bluegrass. In addition, a federal excise tax of 62 cents per pack will go into effect for manufacturers and be passed on to customers, making a carton of cigarettes almost $10 higher than before.

  • County crews continue cleanup

    By Jimmie Earls

    Sun Staff Writer

    Despite a new contractor hired by the state to clean storm debris along roads, the Washington County Fiscal Court has decided to continue the use of the county road department to cleanup along county roads.

  • Grand jury indicts three

    A Washington County grand jury returned indictments against three people on Thursday, Feb. 8.

    Douglas Francis Brady, 39, of Stanford, was charged with nine counts of possession of a forged instrument in the second degree (a Class D felony) and one count of being a persistent felony offender.

    According to court records, Brady possessed forged checks in Washington and Marion counties, including $330 worth of checks to Sav-A-Lot and Fast Food in Springfield, for which he paid restitution.

  • State road work to start on KY 150 later this summer

    The economy may be in bad shape, but the road ahead may be a little smoother thanks to some road funding courtesy of President Obama’s stimulus package. Federal monies heading toward the commonwealth are paving the way for a new bypass project and the state is also preparing to do some resurfacing along KY-152 from the Marion County line to KY-150 in Springfield.

  • Students celebrate National FFA Week

    Parking at Washington County High School got a little tougher to find Wednesday morning. It wasn’t oversized Hummers or SUVs that caused the bottleneck turning onto school property though.  It was the parade of 25 farm tractors parading through Springfield to the high school.

  • County crews left to clean up debris

    After being on the job approximately 48 hours, the sub-contractor hired by Hickey Enterprises to clean up storm debris on state and county roads in Washington County has decided to pull out, and Hickey is being penalized by the state at a rate of $1,000 daily as a result. That leaves the state scrambling to find a replacement as the county begins their own cleanup effort.

  • BBQ cookoff prize money set at $8,000

    The Jim Beam BBQ Classic, a Kentucky State Championship Competition, will be held in Springfield, Ky. Oct. 2-3, 2009 as part of the Kentucky Crossroads Harvest Festival.  The competition offers $8,000 in total cash prizes and awards.

  • Scholarship will honor late superintendent

    Larry Graves loved the students of Washington County, and his passion was to see them educated as well as possible.

    Graves, the retired superintendent of Washington County Schools, passed away June 8, 2008 after a battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 64.

    Graves and his wife, Terral, lived in Washington County for five years, and they quickly saw the local community as their new home.

  • Local students will get one day of spring break

    They’ve had their break, now the students of Washington County will have to do some extra time in the classroom.

    Following the 10 days missed for the ice and snow storm that left much of the county without power for several days, students are now set to attend school on four of the days that were previously slated to be spring break days.

  • State-hired contractors begin cleanup

    By Jimmie Earls

    Sun Staff Writer

    The state of Kentucky awarded Hickey Enterprises, Inc. a contract to pickup and remove ice storm debris from state and county roads in Washington County. They were scheduled to start the morning of Wednesday, Feb. 18. As of Friday morning, they were yet to show up for work. A call Monday morning to Chad Filiatreau, transportation and engineering supervisor with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, revealed that Hickey was in the county and preparing to start work.